The Catalan Cluster of Agricultural Production Means (FEMAC) in collaboration with The PIC consortium, QUALIMEDITERRANEE , VEGEPOLYS and TERRALIA organise the 7th  edition of the PIC meeting, the most important event in the plant production industry organized annually in Europe, which will be held in Lleida (Spain) on the 27th  and the 28th of September 2017. This event is addressed to SMEs, Research Centers, Farmers, agricultural companies, agro professionals, Universities, Start Ups, and clusters from all over the world.

The first day of the event will be focused on a general view of the European Programs on Agriculture, farm and Plant Innovation and it will hold three different workshops which each participant will be able to choose in accordance to their interests. These workshops will deal with the Crop Management approach, the Digitization of the Agri-food sector and the Innovative Technology for Genetics and Breeding. The second day will be build around B2B sessions among the participants to foster future strategic cooperations and around the parallel visits to IRTA, the Agricultural Research Institute in Catalonia, and to the Vineyard Production Plantation in Raimat (Lleida), which will be hosted by AGROPIXEL, a crop management consultancy.

The Pic meeting has already celebrated 6 editions since 2011 in different French cities such as Paris, Marseille, Angers and Montpelier and countries like Portugal and Argentine, all of them with the same topic and structure. Previous editions have been driven by the main aim to develop international cooperation, both in terms of international discovery missions for its members and the setting up of European projects, always positioning the event in the plant sector. Under this objective, the Inter Plant Cluster Consortium focuses its innovations in the following crops: cereals, seeds, fruit and vegetables, ornamental horticulture, vineyards, tropical plants, medicinal and aromatic.

For further details:


Elisabeth Molina

Telf. 00 34 973 224 921

E-mail: international@femac.org

Webpage: http://picmeeting2017.femac.org

Facebook: Pic Meeting 2017: https://www.facebook.com/Pic-Meeting-2017-118721492026318/

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Cluster House at the INSME Annual Meeting in Mexico

On behalf of the Cluster House Dr. Danka Milojkovic participated in the call for papers for the XIII
INSME Annual Meeting on “IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY IN SMEs AND THEIR ROLE IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS”. Since the paper on the topic „The transnational cluster collaboration platforms as a powerful tool for encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises to access to the global market” has been positively evaluated, the Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network will be presented on this world-wide SME development event within the INSME Annual Meeting www.2017.insme.org in Puerto Vallarta, State of Jalisco, Mexico, in May 15-17, 2017.

1. Abstract INSME 2017_Dr. Danka Milojkovic.pdf

2. Milojkovic_Invitation Speaker_13th INSME Annual Meeting.pdf

3. 13th INSME AM Draft 13.04.17.pdf


In the framework of the centenary of diplomatic relations DK-RS , the SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY will be organized at the Cluster House in Nis, in May 11, 2017.

Serbian Cluster Day consists of three events:

  • the cluster-based round table on SME development in South Serbia
  • visit to YUMIS company, a members of the Cluster House Food Processing Cluster Initiative and
  • lecture on State of green – the Danish way given by H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics.

Welcome to Nis – city of clusters in the Balkan and Black Sea Region!

Welcome to Cluster House to jointly celebrate the BBS ClusNet holiday!

 1. Pozivnica DAN KLASTERA Nis-Invitation letter CLUSTER DAY NIS_11.5.2017

2. Agenda_CLUSTER DAY in Nis_11.5.2017

The Balkan Cluster within the Global TCI Network


In the framework of the Global TCI Network, it was an introductory partnership meeting between the Serbian Cluster House and the Bulgarian Consulting Cluster VERITAS at the Cluster House premises on April 6, 2017.
The Balkan clusters work locally and act globally.
The main conclusion from the meeting was that the Balkan Cluster Community should be more involved in the Global Cluster Community and thanks to the TCI organizational membership of the Cluster House and the VERITAS Cluster, there will be more opportunities for the cluster-based economic development in the Balkans using the TCI tools such as the cluster-based matchmaking and transfer of knowledge events, mentoring and peer review programmes.


SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY in Nis, May 11, 2017

The Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Development Holiday
The Serbian Cluster Day will be held at the Cluster House in Nis in partnership with the Danish Embassy in Serbia.
Dear Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Family  notes the date May 11, 2017 as the Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Development Holiday.
Welcome to Nis – city of clusters in the BBS region!



One of the conference partners is the Cluster House, an organizational member of the Global TCI Network and a coordinator of the Balkans and Black Sea Cluster Network.
Dr Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House and the TCI BofD, will present the cluster-based startup model in countries in transition.




The Focus group meeting was organized by the Cluster House, based on recommendation of the Serbian Business Women Association, facilitated by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, in Nis on December 28th 2016.

Twelve business women from the Nis City area, in the field of agriculture and food processing, catering, business-financial services, medical services, marketing and web design, contributed to creation of better business environment in Serbia, with their suggestions and transparent presenting their business needs with the aim to show how business women should be supported in Serbia.

The women are formally equal with men, but in reality they do not have the same possibilities for running business as men:

  • Lack of access to finance, since women could not get the credit loan due to missing the guaranty because of the fact that women are mainly not owner of the real estate;
  • Lack of access to higher quality, valuable businesses and projects, since this kind of business deals are getting during the business lunches in the restaurants, what is not the custom and place where women would like to go;
  • Lack of state’s simulative measures for business women from 2012, as well as the lack of international organizations’ programmes and funds where the business women will be able to access and improve their businesses.

Serbian women develop their businesses based on personal contacts and through the internet, business associations and networks. In the lack of techniques and technologies, they are using their creativity in work, mainly manual approach (“handwork”) that allows them to start a business but not to seriously develop, because missing equipment and modern technological and management skills they cannot be competitive in the local market and especially not in the global.

Serbian women are in the same time entrepreneurs, housewives and mothers, in one word family people from whom the community traditionally expects to do everything alone. The mentality of the South Serbia additionally aggravates the development of women’s entrepreneurship. The need for more effective implementation of the Serbian Law on Gender Equality and systematic economic empowerment of women in rural areas, who are poorly developed in the SE Serbia, should be a strategic priority for socio-economic development of Serbia.


Women are key agents of changes that contribute to sustainable economic development in the country because their energetic approach, emotional intelligence and commitment to persevere in spite of numerous bureaucratic obstacles and extreme poverty in the SE Serbia.

Winners of the prestigious national award “Success flower for the most successful women entrepreneurs in Serbia” by Serbian Business Women Association from 2008-2016 actively participated on the meeting:

The most important suggestions on the Focus Group meeting were:

  • Possibility for women to get the credit loan with more flexible guaranties, with respect to better assessment of the business idea and participation of banks as shareholders until the loan repayment.
  • The introduction of patron-client/entrepreneurs in banks for a more efficient dialogue between the bank and the client/entrepreneur.
  • Reduction of banking and other paperwork through more efficient use of electronic and mobile banking and electronic / chipped ID cards that already have the signature of the owner.
  • Approve loans to a minimum of three years with a grace period of one year, with the development incentive rate (up to 3%) – apply the approach to empower customers through the development of customers who will make higher profits and become better clients in the future.
  • Develop special financial packages for women in business by encouraging business ideas, particularly innovative to be executed between R&D institutions and entrepreneurs, through start up businesses, micro and SMEs existing businesses.
  • Capacity building for associates in the financial institutions, first of all banks, for work with micro and SMEs.
  • Introduce a national budget line for co-financing of the business and development projects financially supported from EU and other funds.
  • Develop cooperation between financial institutions and associations and business networks with the aim to align the needs of entrepreneurs and the offers of banks, to efficiently inform entrepreneurs and help them to access to funds.
  • Attract the EU, bilateral and national programs which will support networking, information and education of entrepreneurs regarding the use of aid for economic development and business development packages of the international and financial institutions
  • For the SE Serbia the national business development programs which are based on 50% co-financing of the total value of the project are not incentive support, the percentage should be changed in the amount of up to 10%.

By adjusting supplies to the needs, efficient mentoring, monitoring and evaluation will be realized serious and long-term changes in the environment.

Providing strategic support to the development of women’s entrepreneurship is a guarantee of sustainable development and growth of the Serbian economy.


Based on succesful impacts of the CZ-RS Cluster-Based SME Trade Forum in Nis in October 2016 and recommendation of the Serbian Automotive Cluster members – the CZ-RS project beneficiaries, Ms. Karonilna Janik, Caunsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Belgrade, has been in visit to the Serbian Cluster House, a driver of the SMEs internationalization in Serbia and in the region, in December 19, 2016. It was the introductory meeting with the aim to reviewing possibilities of the cluster-based SME trade cooperation between Poland and Serbia.


On behalf of the Cluster House, as the Serbian national clusters collaboration platform and the Balkan Black Sea Cluster Network coordinator, Dr. Danka Milojkovic introduced a Polish guest about the Cluster House business development model and its tools, such as the Balkan Black Sea Cluster Network, cluster actors data base (3000 contacts: 60% Balkan & Black Sea, 30% Europe, 10% worldwide), the journal Infocluster and the Annual Balkan and Black Sea Conference DAYS OF CLUSTERS.

The meeting was concluded that further cooperation will be developed following the SMEs needs in both countries. Based on the Czech National Association Ostrava and the Serbian Cluster House proposal for one-day CZ-RS-PL-SVK-HU-RO cluster-based SME trade matchmaking event in Bucharest in April 2017, supported by the CZ Ministry of industry and trade and cluster project partner institutions, further project-based cooperation also will be discussed.



THE EMBASSY OF DENMARK IN SERBIA had a visit from Ms. Danka Milojković, the Director of the Cluster House to discuss the impact of the LEDIB programme in Southern Serbia.

The Local Economic Development in the Balkans (LEDIB) was a large-scale programme under the Danish Neighborhood programme initiated to support the promotion of growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in southern Serbia.

Based in the city of Niš LEDIB became a well-known brand during 2007-2012 due to its massive provision of technical assistance and support to small and medium-sized companies as well as to public institutions.

One of the main results was the “Cluster House”, an umbrella organization for clusters located in the vicinity of Nis. The Cluster House provides advice on e.g. management, education, communication and cooperates with clusters in the rest of Serbia and in the Balkans.

In the anniversary year in which celebrates the centenary of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Serbia, H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia will visit the Cluster House Nis, one of the direct results of the LEDIB Programme, in May 2017. In this occasion H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen will give a lecture at the Faculty of Economics and will visit a leading company in the food processing industry in the region, YUMIS, based in Nis, one of founders of the Cluster House.

Success of the IV WORKSHOP_EU Strategy for the Danube Region PA8


The last quarter of this year was marked by series of very important cluster events, such as the 7th Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Conference Days of Cluster 2016 in Ohrid, the 4th Cluster Matchmaking Conference in Warszawa, the 5th Romanian Cluster Conference in Galati, the 19th Global TCI Conference in Eindhoven and European Cluster Conference in Brussels.

At least but not last in this wonderful cluster’s year, the 4th WORKSHOP OF PRIORITY AREA 8 “CLUSTER NETWORKING AND DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS IN THE DANUBE REGION” was held in Vukovar, Croatia from 12-13 December 2016.

The workshop gathered over 60 cluster actors: cluster managers, experts for cluster-based socio-economic development, policy makers and academicians from Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, BiH and Croatia, successfully presenting importance of clusters developing, mapping, as well as importance of clusters promotion as one of most modern tools for competitiveness, quality, standards, new working places etc.

The overall workshop on “Cluster networking and development prospects in the Danube Region” had been moderated by Ms. Zdenka Mesić, Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia and opened by Mr. Božo Galić, County Perfect of the Vukovar-Srijem County, Mr. Ivan Penava, Mayor of the City of Vukovar and Ms. Nataša Mikuš Žigman, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of the Republic of Croatia.
Dr. Gerd Meier Zu Kocker, Head of Clusteragentur Baden-Wurttemberg Germany introduced the workshop participants how region can really use clusters specifying the Danish good cluster policy and practices. The cluster is strong as a region is strong. The systematic approach in cluster development is a precondition for the smart cluster management and the cluster excellence.

The Danube Region consists of 14 countries: Austria, BiH, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Germany (Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine.  The systematic approach in cluster development is running only in the EU member countries. The lack of systematic cluster development approach should be improved through cross-clusters collaboration in the Danube region and the clusters internationalization in the global market.


The Serbian Cluster Community had an advantage to learn about clusters from the best cluster policies and practises thanks to support from the Danish LEDIB Programme 2007-2012.

The topic “LEDIB CLUSTER HOUSE MODEL for cluster-based socio-economic development in the Balkan and Black Sea Region” had been presented by Dr. Danka Milojkovic, Director of the Cluster House and Member of the Global TCI Network Board of Directors responsible for the SEE.


The Cluster House cluster-based cross-boarder cooperation programme strategy is focused on improvement of the capacity, through meetings, surveys, joint web site, and promotion and business trips, of the cluster members and other stakeholders to further develop the cluster approach and practices at CBC level.The cluster-based CBC programme aims at the public-private dialogue development as a pre-condition for sustainable economic development in the region.

Information and publicity events for popularization of clusters in the beneficiary countries are tools for export trade collaboration improvement between both countries, involvement of new members in the existing clusters and promotion of the clusters networks created by the programme to the markets of other EU regions/countries.